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Taste of Scotland & Ireland
Escorted Coach Tours

2016 Rates
Prices are in Australian Dollars and are subject to currency fluctuation.

Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights or 11 Days / 10 Nights

The perfect combination of two great countries in one itinerary. Start in Glasgow before exploring the Scottish Highlands with a Loch Ness cruise and whisky tasting. Visit St Andrews and Edinburgh, take a quick ferry ride to Ireland and get to know the southern part of Ireland, including Dublin, Blarney, Killarney and the Cliffs of Moher.



 
         
 

Itinerary

Day 1: Glasgow Highlights
Start your tour at Glasgow Airport and take a group transfer to your hotel. Your Scottish trip starts at 2:30 pm when you meet your tour director at your Glasgow hotel and set out on an introductory tour of central Glasgow. This is a city that flourished in Victorian times due to the shipbuilding industry and international trade. Drive around George Square with its ornate City Chambers and visit Provand’s Lordship, Glasgow’s oldest house built in 1471. The house was originally part of a hospital and has been extensively restored and furnished. Join your tour director, guide and travel companions for a welcome drink before dinner.(D)

Day 2: Loch Lomond & Loch Ness Cruise
Travel alongside the famous Loch Lomond, renowned for its unsurpassed beauty and through the deep valley of Glen Coe, notorious for the Campbell massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692. Drive through Fort William and stop at the Spean Bridge Woollen Mill, which offers a good selection of quality Scottish goods. At Fort Augustus embark on a short cruise on Loch Ness to keep an eye out for “Nessie.” Continue your journey north to Nairn for your next overnight stay.(B, D)

Day 3: Whisky Tasting & St Andrews
Drive to Blair Athol Distillery in Pitlochry to see how whisky is distilled and sample some. Continue south to St Andrews, renowned as the “Home of Golf” and for its university, Scotland’s oldest. Spend some time to explore on your own. Drive south to Edinburgh and to your gracious manor house hotel, set on 1,000 acres with two golf courses and spa facilities a few miles from the city. Dine at a Scottish Evening on some excellent Scottish cuisine followed by a lively show with songs, stories and traditional dancing.(B, D)

Day 4: Edinburgh Castle & City Tour
This morning tour the principal sights of Edinburgh with a local guide. Drive along the bustling Princes Street and through the gracious, wide streets of the 200-year-old Georgian New Town. Walk along part of the Royal Mile where compact medieval houses reach 11 floors tall. Visit Edinburgh Castle, which dominates the city and contains the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Scone. The balance of the day is free. On Aug 02 to 23 departures, seats are reserved for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. (B)

Day 5: Ferry to Ireland & Titanic Belfast
Depart Edinburgh early this morning and drive south through Ayrshire and along the coast. At Cairnryan take a ferry ride to Belfast and enjoy a casual lunch on board. Visit Titanic Belfast to learn about this famous liner which was built in the adjacent docks. State-of-the-art displays describe working conditions in the shipbuilding industry and the construction of the Titanic. Drive south to Dublin and check in to your hotel, located overlooking Dublin Bay. The evening is free.(B, L)

Day 6: Dublin Sightseeing & Canal Dinner Cruise
Tour central Dublin today to see fashionable shopping areas around Grafton and Nassau Streets, view elegant Georgian squares and pass the General Post Office, where the 1916 Uprising started. Walk through the campus of Trinity College with a student guide to view the illuminated manuscript of the 8th century Book of Kells and learn how monks created this and other masterpieces. In the evening enjoy a canal dinner cruise with traditional Irish music aboard a former Guinness barge through central Dublin.(B, D)

Day 7: Farmhouse Tea & Blarney Castle
Travel through the midlands of Ireland, stopping for photos at the stately Rock of Cashel. Visit a farmhouse for tea with scones and watch skilled sheep dogs herd sheep. Continue south to visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” Also visit the Blarney Woollen Mills where you can find quality Irish-made goods. Drive to Killarney, picturesquely set beside lakes and mountains. Check in to your hotel and relax before dinner. Afterwards you may like to explore some of Killarney’s famous "singing pubs."(B, D)

Day 8: Ring of Kerry & Skellig Experience
Take a jaunting car ride to view Ross Castle set on Lough Leane. Then embark on the Ring of Kerry drive – a winding route with breathtaking sights of mountains and coastal views. Cross to Valentia Island by bridge to visit the Skellig Experience which describes the austere lives of early Christian monks on the nearby islands. Enjoy a casual lunch and stop in Sneem to admire brightly painted houses. Pause at Moll’s Gap for stunning views before returning to Killarney where you have an evening free for independent dining and activities.(B, L)

Day 9: Cliffs of Moher & Bunratty Castle Banquet
Take a ferry ride across the River Shannon to reach the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular wall of sandstone that reaches 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Check in to Bunratty Castle Hotel, close to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. If you wish, you may visit the Folk Park, have a drink in the 200-year-old Durty Nelly’s Pub or shop at the Bunratty Mills. In the evening head to Bunratty Castle for a memorable medieval-style feast where the lords and ladies will serenade you with song and harp music, evocative of the Middle Ages.
(B, D)


Day 10: Tour Ends Shannon
Your program ends after breakfast today. (B)

If you are booked on the 11-day tour:

Day 10: Dublin Extension via Galway
Drive to Galway for a walking tour around the central part of the city. Visit Clonmacnoise Monastic Site, founded in 546 AD by Saint Ciaran. View elaborate Celtic crosses, round towers and ruins of medieval churches. Drive to Dublin and check into a different hotel and you are free for independent activities and dining.(B)

Day 11: Depart Dublin for Home
Your program ends after breakfast today. (B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

 

Price Includes:

  • Group transfer from/to airport
    - arrival and departure
  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional tour director
  • 10 nights accommodation in superior hotels
  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
  • 6 dinners (D) including
    - Scottish Evening in Edinburgh
    - Canal Cruise dinner and live music
    - Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet
    - 3 table d'hote dinners
  • 2 lunches (L)
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Tours of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dublin
  • Loch Ness scenic cruise
  • Blair Athol Distillery whisky tasting and tour
  • Reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
    on 2-23 August 2016 departures
  • Ferries from Scotland to Ireland
    and across the River Shannon
  • Walking tours of Dublin’s Trinity College and Galway
  • Farmhouse tea and scones with sheepdog display
  • Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
  • Visits and admissions to Provand’s Lordship,
    Spean Bridge Woollen Mill, St Andrews, Edinburgh Castle, Titanic Belfast, Book of Kells at Trinity College,
    Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Skellig Experience, Cliffs of Moher, Clonmacnoise Monastic Site
  • Headsets for walking tours
  • Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet,
    luggage tags & strap
  • Free Wi-Fi on coaches and in hotel lobbies
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges &
    porterage for one suitcase per person

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Prices and Dates

Prices are in Australian Dollars and are subject to currency fluctuation.

Taste of Scotland & Ireland
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Tuesday, Friday & Sunday
10 D / 9 N

11 D / 10 N

Twin

Single

Twin

Single

29 May - 31 Jul 2016 (Tue, Fri & Sun)
26 Aug - 23 Sep 2016 (Tue, Fri & Sun)
2659 3398 2859 3668
2-23 Aug 2016 (Tue, Fri & Sun)^ 2919 3658 3119 3928
25 Sep -25 Oct 2016 (Tue, Fri & Sun) 2479 3218 2649 3458
28-30 Oct 2016 (Tue, Fri & Sun) 2319 3058 2439 3248
4-20 Nov 2016 ( Sun) 2149 2888 2299 3108
^ Military Tattoo Departures - 3 to 23 August 2016 departures
Superior First Class:
The Glasgow City Hotel Glasgow (1 night)
Newton Hotel Nairn (1 night)
Marriott Dalmahoy Hotel Edinburgh (2 nights)
Royal Marine Hotel Dun Laoghaire, Dublin (2 nights)
Killarney Avenue Hotel Killarney (2 nights)
Bunratty Castle Hotel Bunratty (1 night)
Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane Dublin (1 night)